Father Patrick Langan, LC
Jesus said to his disciples: "If the world hates
you, realize that it hated me first. If you belonged
to the world, the world would love its own;
but because you do not belong to the world,
and I have chosen you out of the world, the
world hates you. Remember the word I spoke to
you, ´No slave is greater than his master.´ If they
persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they
kept my word, they will also keep yours. And
they will do all these things to you on account
of my name, because they do not know the
one who sent me."
Introductory Prayer: Lord, thank you
for granting me the opportunity to be with you.
There are things in life, Lord, that attract me,
but you attract me more. I hope in you, and
I love you. Maybe I don’t really understand what
it means to love, and maybe I don’t love the
way I should, but I do love you.
Lord, help me to embrace my cross joyfully.
the Burden: “The world hated me first.” This is
the incredible story of the Gospels. Christ came and the
culture was against him. As the story of Christ
in the Gospel progresses, the forces of antagonism get
worse: The dangers increase with the turning of every
page. This was a real burden for Christ, the burden
of a parent whose children turn against him. Perhaps
I, too, feel that burden. Perhaps I experience that
rejection from those who love me or from those who
2. Loving Acceptance: Christ courageously and lovingly accepted that
burden. He did not complain. Perhaps he asked his
Father for an easier way. It is the same
in our lives. I often face problems, even when I
want to do good. There comes a moment in
life when I must accept my limitations and the
limitations imposed on me by others. This is a memorable
moment in life—the moment I accept my cross, like
Christ did. That acceptance isn’t easy, but at the
same time it fills my heart with a deep peace
and sometimes even joy.
3. Seeking Solutions: After I accept my
cross, I experience a new courage, and my imagination
fires up. Love always looks for solutions: Christ never
stopped searching for ways to get through to the culture.
I must do the best I can to evangelize,
even though I may encounter opposition. With Christ’s help,
no obstacle is too great. He will help me to
overcome all the problems I may encounter. The important
thing is that I keep focused on the fulfillment of
his will out of love. He will take care
of the rest.
Conversation with Christ: Lord, you know
my burden. You know what makes me lose sleep,
what I wake up worrying about. Help me to accept
it, as you accepted your cross.
Resolution: I will
stop complaining and see what I can do to alleviate
the burdens and sufferings of others.